Masala Chai – a recipe from Chettinad (2024)

Chai – recipe for the national drink of India

The delicious chai made from black tea, milk and spices isthe national drink of Indiaand originally comes from Ayurvedic health theory. Chai is an invigorating, stimulating but not exciting drink, like coffee is for many people.

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How do you drink chai?

Typically chai is served in a cup and saucer. Since people often drink tea on the go in India, if they are in a hurry they pour a sip of tea from the cup onto the saucer. This way it cools down quicker and you can drink it quicker.

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A winter chai

Today I would like to show you a tea that, according to Ayurvedic teachings, you drink in winter. You wouldn't use ginger in summer as it is considered warming.Chai is good for colds and coughs, but also for migraines and nausea.

In summer you can replace the ginger with cardamom, which is considered cooling in Ayurvedic cuisine.Cardamom is also advisable in winter for feverish colds, as cardamom has an antipyretic (cooling) effect.

Classic ingredients for chai

Pepper also has a warming effect. I only use it for teaTellicherry Pfeffer, which of theMalabar Coast in Southwest Indiacomes from. The almost ripe pepper is harvested here by hand. It is considered one of the best types of pepper in the world and tastes nuttier, more intense and warmer than other types.

Opinions also differ when it comes to using black tea.In India, Assam tea is mostly used.Many black teas are simply too bitter or have a very strong taste and are usually not suitable for chai. Darjeeling, for example, tastes too floral and is therefore unsuitable.

Since I haven't found a really good Assam here in Germany that harmonizes perfectly with the other ingredients, I usually use oneCaykur Altinbas TeeMasala Chai – a recipe from Chettinad (3)– a black loose Turkish tea from the port city of Rize in northeastern Turkey, which is available in many Turkish supermarkets.

The following recipe comes from Chettinad, a region in Tamil Nadu in southern India.However, every family has its own recipe for chai and its own blend of spices (masala). There is no such thing as Chai.

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Masala Chai – a recipe from Chettinad

Masala Chai is an Indian spiced tea and the national drink of India. With this recipe from Chettinad, the tea is guaranteed to be a success!

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Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp black tea
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2-3 cm Ginger
  • 1 TL Tellicherry Pfeffer
  • 5 cloves
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 l Water
  • 0,5 l Milch (3.8% organic whole milk)

preparation

  • Peel ginger and dice small.

  • Bring the water to a boil and add all the ingredients except sugar and milk. Let the tea simmer for a few minutes. Then remove from the heat and let cool.

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  • Add the sugar to the cooled tea. Bring the sweetened tea to the boil again and simmer for a few minutes.

  • Then remove the pot from the heat again, add the milk and bring the tea to the boil again. Remove the pot from the heat again and let the chai cool down.

  • Now you boil the tea two more times and let it cool in between, then the chai is finally ready. This requires a little patience, but after that the tea is perfect. Pour the tea through a sieve into a pot and serve immediately hot.

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My advice

If you like, you can also serve the tea with some milk foam and a pinch of cinnamon. But it's not classically Indian.

Often you add extra honey if the tea is not sweet enough.

Have you ever made masala chai? How do you prepare your chai? I'm looking forward to your commentary!

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Hi! I'm Nina from Reisehappen! Blogger, graphic designer & illustrator, foodie and passionate cook, cheese lover, travel junkie, workaholic, yoga addict, 6 continents - 70 countries and still plagued by wanderlust.

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Comments

  1. Masala Chai – a recipe from Chettinad (11)

    March 8, 2022

    Answer

    Hello Nina, thank you very much for the great Masala Chai recipe. I'm excited to see how I like it. Unfortunately I have to be patient a little longer. I'm missing one or two ingredients. Stay healthy and look forward to new recipes from your blog.

  2. Masala Chai – a recipe from Chettinad (12)

    December 24, 2016

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    bathroom mirror

    Thank you for the recipe. I would like to make some homemade, delicious tea for the family this evening. Wish you a merry Christmas.

    Son of God

    • Masala Chai – a recipe from Chettinad (13)

      December 29, 2016

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      Nina

      Thank you very much, I hope the tea tasted good? We have more Mojito than tea at the moment?

      Kind regards from Cuba,

      Nina

  3. Masala Chai – a recipe from Chettinad (14)

    March 2, 2016

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    Nicky Ardin

    Hello Nina,

    I love chai tea, but I've never made it myself. That will probably change in the near future.

    Best regards
    Nicky

    • Masala Chai – a recipe from Chettinad (15)

      March 7, 2016

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      Nina

      Hi Nicky,

      Well then I hope you have fun cooking it and enjoy the tea!

      Best regards

      Nina

  4. Masala Chai – a recipe from Chettinad (16)

    March 2, 2016

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    Great recipe, I definitely have to try it!

    Lg, Romalea

    • Masala Chai – a recipe from Chettinad (17)

      March 5, 2016

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      Nina

      I'm glad you like the recipe. Have fun trying!

      Best regards,

      Nina

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